Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny have joined forces on a joint funding application to the County of Simcoe to support economic development in the area.

The intent is to apply for $50,000 per year per municipality, which would help establish an economic development office including an economic development officer to assist all four municipalities.

“This translates into $400,000 over the next two years, and will allow the Huronia Economic Alliance (HEA) to move forward in its goal of kickstarting the economy of Huronia,” said Tay Mayor Scott Warnock. “We are much better served by working as one under the HEA banner.”

Tiny Township was the final council to pass a motion supporting the joint application. Mayor Ray Millar noted the revised motion passed by his council requires a governance structure be in place prior to submission of the joint application.

“Tiny Township is part of a larger community … and although there isn’t a tremendous appetite for development or growth within our own municipality, many of our ratepayers work in our neighbouring municipalities,” he said. “It’s important we support all aspects of economic development that will benefit the region.”

Midland Mayor Gord McKay called the news an “awesome step forward,” while Deputy Mayor Stephan Kramp touted it as a “historic achievement in terms of co-operation between the four municipalities.”

Nikki Cole, Midland Mirror